This blog started as a photo-a-day blog in 2006, October 2009 it become an official WHAT-NOT blog and/or random thoughts from a Filmmaker blog.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Beehive Bazaar

This weekend is the Beehive Bazaar in Provo,Utah, my wife Noelle is one of the owners. The Beehive Bazaar is a handmade/DIY arts and craft sale/fair, a great place to get funky stuff as gifts for Christmas. This year I helped out and with the help of the folks at the local NBC TV station KSL, we managed to get 4 days of TV coverage- 2 mini profiles, my wife was on the show "Studio 5" and they shot live at the opening day of the sale. Here are the 2 mini docs. Have a Good Weekend.

Beehive Bazaar 2012, Kanani Hayes / Vinylicious Profile from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Beehive Bazaar, Danielle Leatham / The Yellow Cabinet Profile from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art.Work in China

Here is the documentary I directed and photographed about music students collaborating with Chinese music students. These students were super talented and China is an amazing place. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Talking Fly (#9)

Had art time with the kids in the garage today, so I thought I would make another Talking Fly ad. The Talking Fly is a video project that I am launching on YouTube that will feature short documentaries, some stand-alone and some longer shows cut into 2 to 5 minute pieces- like a web series of sorts, anyway it will be just a place to explore passion and/or nonfiction filmmaking.

Beehive Bazaar Profile: Vinylicious / Kanani Hayes

Beehive Bazaar 2012, Kanani Hayes / Vinylicious Profile from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

Here is a little spot I did for the Beehive Bazaar. The Beehive Bazaar is a good way buy local and support handmade stuff for Christmas and Holiday giving. My Wife Noelle is one of the owners of Beehive Bazaar. (this spot played on KSL TV yesterday)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jack Black in "Bernie"

Warning: non-documentary post. You have to check out Bernie, ALSO!!! do yourself a favor and DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER. This clip is all you need to watch and it won't spoil the entire movie, it will just make you happy and of course want to watch the movie.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Talking Fly (#8)

Short documentaries and what-not by filmmaker Steve Olpin.

Ty Art Show

Hot and Crowded from Deus ex Machina on Vimeo.

I follow this guy and I like his work and I am a fan of Deus. (I had nothing to do with this movie I just like it)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Brain Kershisnik Re-Do

We have one small original Brian Kershisnik painting and I have always hated the frame, so I ripped it out of the frame and gave Brian some paint pens. I like the Re-Do a lot.

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Hillman Curtis Book

Here is great book by the late Hillman Curtis, the title says it all "Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web." The technical info is outdated, but the spirit of this book is spot on, at least for me. Here is a short Hillman Curtis documentary that I think is peaceful and nice. Happy Monday.

ARTIST SERIES/DESIGN MATTERS: Lawrence Weiner from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Vinylicious at Beehive Bazaar

Yesterday I spent the day with Kanani Hayes of Vinylicious Designs. She is one the artist in this year's Beehive Bazaar. I have lined up some TV stuff for B.B. this year that will play on the local NBC TV station KSL. The piece on Kanani will be a short artist bio shot in her studio. My wife Noelle is one of the owners of Beehive Bazaar.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brighter Future Workshop, Turning Point now online

The documentary I directed about an awesome place in England is now online check it out. It is all about sunshine and smiles. This is my 10th Turning Point adventure. Thanks to Cosmic and the great crew that traveled to England.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Talking Fly (card #7)

Click to make it big. Watch my short documentary YouTube channel on Jan. 1st, 2013.

Brian Kershisnik notes

The amazing Utah artist, Brian Kershisnik, spoke at the Creative Collaborative last week. I did not go but I love the notes I got in an email ReCap: Work hard, and work a lot - it takes a lot of work to find your voice / Follow the thread that speaks to you / It is important to enjoy yourself / As artists, it is our job to feel / Take care of your home turf - be active in the community that you live / Establish lasting contacts with the people around you, and take time to give back / It's tough for God to steer a parked car / Good symbols will put themselves into the work better than you can force them in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

new work by Fidalis Buehler

I love America and I love Fidalis Buehler's new artwork, check it out on his blog.

Art.Work: Film/Folk Episode

Here is the show I directed called "Art.Work" a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of art students, this episode- a film student and folk dancers. Enjoy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bully Blocker Film Festival Winner

Bully Blocker from Solpin Films on Vimeo.

My cool Kid did a video for the school's Bully Blocker FIlm Festival and he won for the whole school. Congratulations dude you are the man. PASSWORD: bully

Blog Post about Tonight

Here is a little blog post I wrote about tonight's Turning Point featuring the Brighter Future Workshop in England.

Happy Veteran's Day

For Veteran's Day I repost this show I directed about Wasatch Adaptive Sports in Snowbird, Utah. There is a great scene with the Vets that do stuff with WAS. The Vets are superstars and it was fun working with them.

Brighter Future Workshop today on Turning Point

This is Paul Miller, he is big part of this documentary I did about Brighter Future Workshop in England this summer. It will be on byutv today and I will embed it here as soon as it is available. I had a great time working Paul and his friends. This is a great story. Happy Monday.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Eric Porter and his Boy

I spent some time yesterday with pro mountain biker Eric Porter and his cool kid. So look for the video on my YouTube video that I am launching on January 1, 2013. The channel is called "The Talking Fly" and will feature a bunch of short nonfiction movies. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Random Desktop Photos

If I died tomorrow and they dug though the photos that clutter my desktop, I wonder what they would think about me. I always wonder what I think about me too. Here are 5 randoms from my computer, used without permission of course- I could not tell you where I got them to tell you the truth. Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

World Flags

I love flags for some reason. My kids is going to be an foreign exchange student in Costa Rica and we all started talking about our favorite world flags at dinner. I love this country and most of the other ones that I have visited, it is a beautiful world.

100 Yard Swim in under a minute

All this talk of politics, okay I will change the subject to my fitness goals... swim 100 yards in less than a minute. Last timed check-in swim 1:04, I have to drop a second on every length of the pool. The photo: The US president body surfing. (I love water) Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Irish Men's Sheds -watch it here

Here is the documentary about the Irish Men's Sheds that I directed this summer. I am super happy with how it turned out. I love how "Turning Point" celebrates these awesome big hearted people. Big thanks to the crew- Ty Arnold, Rich and Randi Patch, the producers at Cosmic, the Lewis brothers and the whole postproduction team... Thank you all. John ends the show with a quote that he liked, I just goggled it and found it was a Wayne Dyer quote...
And finally a huge thanks to John Evoy and the Irish Men that made ups feel at home in Ireland. Thank you. This TV show has changed my life. In the spirit of Thanksgiving month I say again THANK YOU, THANK YOU all.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Irish Men's Sheds on Turning Point today

The documentary I directed about John Evoy (right) and the Men's Sheds of Ireland plays on byutv today, I will embed it here when it is available. It was a great shoot, John is a great guy and we had so much fun shooting in beautiful Ireland. (the guy on the left is John's buddy Denis, he is involved in the sheds as well and he has great hair)

Friday, November 02, 2012

The Talking Fly, card #6

I am launching my YouTube Channel on January 1, 2013. It will be a bunch of short documentaries, some stand-alone and some part of a bunch of ongoing stories. Subjects will include art, sport, family, events and anything I feel passionate about. Have a good weekend.

Artist Andrew Ballstaedt eats 7 Tacos

Andrew is an artist. At lunch today he ate 7 tacos. He is a fine artist. Check out his stuff here.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Art.Work: Modern Dance / Sculpture

Here is the show I directed about art students called "Art.Work" this is the modern dance / sculpture episode. Happy November.


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